Man allegedly forced way into residence, raped woman twice in Bradenton

ejohnson@bradenton.comFebruary 1, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A man has been charged with two counts of burglary and sexual battery after violating the same woman twice this week in Bradenton, according to police.

Marcoust Dula, 40, was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant after allegedly raping a 55-year-old woman at her residence in the 1500 block of 13th Street West, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

The first incident happened about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when the victim exited her house to walk the dog. Dula allegedly approached the woman and pushed her inside the residence, where an alleged sexual battery took place.

"The suspect told her that he knew where he lived and he would be back," said Capt. Warren Merriman, Bradenton police spokesman.

The suspect then got dressed and fled out of the front door, according to police.

About 8:30 a.m. Thursday Dula allegedly returned to the residence and forced his way into the home where the victim said she was raped again, according to police.

The victim contacted 911 following the second incident

and provided a suspect description, Merriman said.

Officer Jason Nuttall, who patrols 14th Street West, recognized the description as that of Dula. Within an hour of the crimes being reported, the victim identified Dula as her alleged attacker in a photo lineup, according to police.

Merriman said Dula and the victim are not believed to be acquaintances. A motive for the alleged back-to-back attacks has not been established.

Dula, charged with two counts of sexual battery of a victim older than 12 with force and two counts of unarmed burglary, is being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $500,000.

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @EJohnsonBHcrime.

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